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Constructing History In Uganda

Reid, Andrew; (2016) Constructing History In Uganda. The Journal of African History , 57 (2) pp. 195-207. 10.1017/S0021853716000268. Green open access

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Abstract

This contribution seeks to explore the potential for historical archaeology in Uganda. By reflecting on where the potential strengths of such an approach may lie it is suggested that the most effective contributions will be made where there is a significant breadth and depth of historical sources. However, in Uganda the emphasis has tended to be on archaeological sites with distant or even dubious historical associations. The situation is further complicated by the very active processes of history making that are currently taking place, particularly in association with ‘traditional’ spirit worship. Nevertheless there are a range of themes and contexts which could be explored through historical archaeology and there are also plentiful archaeological resources from the twentieth century. It is concluded that there is great potential for historical archaeology but that there needs to be a readjustment of the contexts and situations that are explored.

Type: Article
Title: Constructing History In Uganda
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0021853716000268
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021853716000268
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2016. This article has been published in a revised form in The Journal of African History [https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021853716000268]. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works.
Keywords: Uganda; Eastern Africa; historiography; colonialism; archaeology
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1530875
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